National Rifle Association President Wayne LaPierre told a Conservative Political Action Conference Friday it's time to "stand and fight" for U.S. gun rights.
People at the conference in National Harbor, Md., cheered LaPierre when he said the true aim of the Obama administration is a universal registry of gun owners, The Hill reported. He said tightening requirements for gun permits is a "placebo" because criminals will ignore the law.
"No matter what the elitists who scorn you say, let them be damned," LaPierre said. "Fill your heart with pride. Clear your eyes with conviction. This is your time to stand and fight."
The killing of 20 children and six staffers in Newtown, Conn., has created new momentum for gun control. The killer, Adam Lanza, used weapons legally owned by his first victim, his mother.
"There are only two reasons for the federal government to create a federal registry of gun owners: To tax them or to take them," LaPierre said.
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